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Marine Turtle Genetics Research

National Sea Turtle Genetics Laboratory


The SWFSC Marine Turtle Genetics Program serves as the National Sea Turtle Genetics Laboratory and has the lead responsibility for generating, analyzing and interpreting marine turtle genetic data to address the scientific and management needs for NOAA-NMFS under the Endangered Species Act Sea Turtle Recovery Plans and the Magnuson-Stevens Re-authorization Act.  These include determining population structure and defining Units to Conserve; conducting stock identification of sea turtle fisheries bycatch and strandings; and enhancing population assessments by improving knowledge of sea turtle life history, ecology and behavior, population vital rates, and demography.  The overall goal of these research efforts is to improve the science of conservation of sea turtles.

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Genetic Tools

  • mtDNA Sequencing
  • Genotyping
  • Genomics
  • eDNA/Trace DNA

Laboratories and Resources

Marine Mammal Genetics Publications

Meet Our Team


Last updated by Southwest Fisheries Science Center on October 10, 2023